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Spotting the signs of a hostile workplace

Every job usually has an element of stress at one point or another. Whether you work under deadlines or have a quota to meet, it is not unrealistic to feel like you work under pressure on some days.

However, is there a difference between the occasional stressful day and a constant feeling of dread when crossing the threshold? The hostile work environment may have only been a myth in the past, but now, more and more employees complain that the stress of their workplace manifests physically. Can you spot the signs that your workplace is making you sick?

Did you get hurt during the scope of your employment?

Suffering an injury through the course of your day is never something you wake up to do. However, sometimes accidents happen and you may find yourself out of work after getting hurt.

Does your accident qualify you to receive workers' compensation benefits? To receive medical care and pay for missed time off work due to the injury, the accident must rise to certain benchmarks, like it must have occurred during the scope of your employment. See if your claim may qualify under this qualification.

5 myths about workers’ compensation you should not believe

When you go to work, you do your best to do a good job. After a long day, you want to go home, eat with your family or friends or kick back and enjoy a Tar Heels game. You do not want to worry about suffering through an ongoing injury you received at work. Fortunately, because of North Carolina’s workers’ compensation system, you may be able to receive compensation for your injury. 

For some reason, North Carolina workers often believe things about workers’ compensation that are not true. If you do not understand how the system works, you may miss out on important benefits. As such, rather than listening to your friends, co-workers, manager or others, you likely want to seek a legal opinion about your options. Regardless, here are five myths about workers’ compensation you should not believe.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s nurses have an undeniably tough profession, and the risks they face when they show up to work each day trump those experienced by Americans in numerous other fields and industries. In fact, the nursing profession is so dangerous that Healthcare Business & Technology reports that modern nurses face greater injury risks than construction workers, industrial workers and anyone else who makes a living performing only physical labor.

If you make your living working as a nurse in a North Carolina hospital or other health care setting, you may have firsthand knowledge of the aches, pains and emotional tolls your job can take on you. However, you may not realize that one of your biggest safety risks involves transporting patients from one location to another.

Can you still work while receiving Social Security disability?

When you suffer a permanent or long-term injury, the impact can be severely life-changing. Not only must you adapt to new limitations in everyday tasks, but your employment status may suffer.

Though your doctor may clear you to work, you may have to limit your hours or pursue less gainful job opportunities. These options may compromise your ability to earn a sustainable living. The good news is that Social Security disability is not solely for the unemployed. As long as you meet the income requirements, you can still keep your job.   

The potential to interfere with an injured worker's compensation

Suffering an injury on the job can be a minor inconvenience or a major disaster. Many accidents can fall in between these extremes, but any work injury means the worker should file a worker's compensation claim. Injuries that seem minor can suddenly turn into severe injuries.

One of the worst mistakes an injured worker can make is to try to tough it out and keep working; the person will usually make the condition worse. It is also a bad idea to not report the injury immediately, or the worker may lose the compensation he or she needs.  

When workers’ compensation and SSDI intersect

With some luck and a bit of care, you may never have to worry about injuring yourself at work. If you do, though, you may not be able to afford basic living expenses. Fortunately, there is a safety net. Through the North Carolina workers’ compensation system, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. 

What happens if your on-the-job injury results in a temporary or permanent injury? Even if you qualify for workers’ compensation, you may be able to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. While you may independently qualify for both programs, you should know a few things about when workers’ compensation and SSDI intersect. 

How do work credits affect Social Security payments?

Working hard is important to you. After all, you take pride in providing for yourself and your family. Unfortunately, though, a serious injury or illness can make doing your job virtually impossible. If you are planning to apply for Social Security benefits, you must think about your work history. 

When you look at your paystub, you probably see FICA deductions. These deductions represent the amount you contribute to the Social Security system. The Social Security Administration uses FICA deductions to calculate work credits. To be able to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you must have accumulated a sufficient number of credits during your work history. 

4 signs your employer may be retaliating against you

Like most of your neighbors in Southern Shores, you work hard to build a good life for yourself and your family. You bring work ethic, dedication and talent to the job site every day. If you hurt yourself on the job, though, you may not be able to put food on the table. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is often the best way to make ends meet. 

In North Carolina, employers may not retaliate against those who pursue benefits through the workers’ compensation system. If you think your employer is not treating you fairly because of your claim, you must act diligently to protect your job and find important legal remedies. Still, identifying retaliation can be tricky. Here are four signs your employer may be using your workers’ compensation claim to retaliate against you: 

3 common types of restaurant and retail injuries

One issue that often gets overlooked in the Southern Shores area when people work retail and food service jobs for primary or additional income is safety. Workplace accidents often remain an out-of-mind concept until something unexpected happens that results in injuries. Even restaurant and retail workers can suffer severe and catastrophic injuries in workplace accidents.

No job is without risk. Working conditions change all the time, and there are times when death is the outcome of a workplace incident. Restaurant and retail workers spend most of the time interacting with the public and in heated and cooled work environments. They experience many situations that put them at risk of injuries. Here are the most common types of injuries restaurant and retail workers should try to avoid.

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